Sphragistics

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sphragistics The science of seals, their history, age, distinctions, etc., esp. as verifying the age and genuiness of documents.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sphragistics The study of seals and the distinctions among them; the archæology of seals. This study is similar in its nature to numismatics, and has been of great use in the history of the middle ages, as well as in the investigation of costume, armor, etc.; it is also of value in connection with the documents to which seals are attached, as aiding in their classification and in the proof of their authenticity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sphragistics sfrā-jis′tiks knowledge about seals, their age, history, &c.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. of or for sealing, fr. a seal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sphragistikos, pertaining to seals—sphragis, a seal.

Usage

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Associated Words: sphragistics, sigillography, sigillate.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
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